Plunge into These December Hot Picks for the Coming Weekend

Image courtesy Southamtpon Arts Center as part of its "Awkward Family Photos" exhibit.

Image courtesy Southamtpon Arts Center as part of its “Awkward Family Photos” exhibit.

My oh my there are so many things to do here in the Hamptons this weekend, including the annual cant-miss Polar Bear Plunge, an Awkward holiday party and lots and lots of festive gatherings. Time’s a wastin’ so I better just dive right in.

* Canio’s Books in Sag Harbor will host an opening reception for the “Landscapes: Real & Imagined” group exhibit with Pamela Collins Focarino, Pat Moran 
and Kathryn Szoka on Friday, December 12, starting at 5 p.m.

* Pechakucha returns to the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill on Friday, December 12, with: Mike Bottini, wildlife biologist
; Chloë Dirksen, actress; 
Margaret Garrett, artist; Chris Gentile, surfer, artist, founder Pilgrim Surf + Supply; Steve Miller, artist; Minerva Perez, actress and domestic violence shelter director; Stefanie Sacks, culinary nutritionist, MS, CNS, CDN; Victoria Smith, Dock to Dish; Margaret Braun, Alex DiJulio, and Alex Larsen, artists and collaborators; and Lena Yaremenko, artist/photographer. The event is sold out but there will be an on-site waiting list beginning at 5 p.m.

* The Parrish is also offering a “Dolls and Mannequins at Play in Contemporary Art” talk with Eric Fischl, Glenn Fuhrman, Lisa Dennison and Robert Stein on Saturday, December 13, at 11 a.m.

* The Hampton Ballet Theatre School will perform “Nutcracker” on Friday, December 12, at 7 p.m., Saturday, December 13, at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday, December 14, at 2 p.m. at Guild Hall in East Hampton. (855) 222-2849 | |

* Local artisans Susan Nieland, Anna Clejan and Helen Feid will host a Holiday Market featuring jewelry, stoneware and clothing on Friday, December 12, at 34 Squires Path in East Hampton from 5 to 9 p.m. and again on Saturday, December 13, from 1 to 5 p.m.

* On Saturday morning, it’s Polar Bear Plunge time at Coopers Beach in Southampton at 10 a.m. Don’t forget to bring at the very least a towel and something warm for your frozen feet for after your frigid dip.

* The Madoo Conservancy in Sagaponack will put on its third annual Holiday Market on Saturday, December 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Shop homemade gifts galore, gardening books and great gifts for the gardener. To enhance the festivities, the Bridgehampton High School Band will be performing holiday music and there will be a wreath-making workshop with Andy Brand of Broken Arrow Nursery too. Registration required.

* Also on Saturday, Southampton Arts Center will host a holiday gathering at 4:30 p.m. to celebrate its fun exhibit “Awkward Family Photos.” Wear your most festive holiday attire. Embarrassing and ugly holiday sweaters are encouraged, especially if you share a selfie post from the event. RSVP to

* Duck Walk in Water Mill will play live music on Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. in the tasting room.

* Guild Hall in East Hampton is opening its doors for a free Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 13, starting at noon. There will also be a Gingerbread House Decorating workshop, held jointly with Citarella, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on Saturday and a “First Growth on Long Island” primer on local wines with Michael Cinque on Sunday, December 14, at 11 a.m.

* West of the canal, the Shinnecock Nation Cultural Center and Museum will host a free Winter Arts and Crafts Festival on Saturday, December 13, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event will feature live dance and musical performances, an art market and demonstrations, food and children’s activities.

** Lastly, please help The Bridgehampton Child Care Center in its efforts to provide toys for needs kids. Drop by Provisions in Sag Harbor or Second Star Toys in the Bridgehampton Commons and drop off a toy under one of the BCCC trees. But do it before SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14, as that’s when the gifts will be collected for delivery.

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